DNSU urges authorities to restore subsidised student fares

DNSU urges authorities to restore subsidised student fares

The Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) has made an impassioned plea to the district administration, District Transport Authority (DTA), and the Dimapur District Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union (DDADU) to swiftly reintroduce the subsidised fare scheme for students in uniform.

This programme, which had previously provided much-needed financial assistance to students and their families, was recently discontinued, sparking concern within the community.

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Kevin Gonmei, the Education & Statistics Secretary of the DNSU, stressed the urgent necessity for this concession. He emphasised that reinstating the subsidised fares would provide significant financial relief to parents and guardians, especially those from economically challenged backgrounds. With the escalating cost of living, many middle-class families are finding it increasingly difficult to afford their children’s education.

The union underscored the vital role that students play in the future economic prosperity of the region. By reintroducing these fare concessions, the educational journey and overall well-being of students would be greatly enhanced.

The DNSU implored the district administration, DTA, and DDADU to acknowledge the significance of this support and to reinstate the beneficial practise without further delay.

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In addition to advocating for fare concessions, the DNSU issued a stern warning to students regarding truancy and loitering during school hours. The union made it clear that any student found consuming alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances while in uniform will face severe disciplinary measures.

They also advised hotels and lodges to refrain from accommodating students in uniform and urged bars and nightclubs to strictly enforce the prohibition of entry to minors.

The DNSU cautioned that failure to comply with these directives would result in serious consequences. They called on all concerned citizens and organisations to report any student involved in illegal or immoral activities to the union for proper counselling and necessary actions. The confidentiality of these students would be maintained to safeguard their future careers.

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For enquiries or complaints, individuals can contact the DNSU grievance cell at 6009812596 and 9862675997 or visit the DNSU office during business hours (10 am to 4 pm) from Monday to Saturday.

The DNSU’s appeal highlights the crucial importance of supporting students and their families in the face of rising living costs. By reinstating the subsidised fare scheme, the community can ensure that students have the necessary support to continue their education and contribute to the region’s future prosperity.

The union’s stance on student discipline and the prevention of illegal activities also underscores their commitment to fostering a safe and conducive environment for the holistic development of students in the region.

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As the district administration, DTA, and DDADU consider the DNSU’s request, it is hoped that a swift resolution will be reached to alleviate the financial burden on students and their families.

The reintroduction of the subsidised fare scheme would serve as a beacon of hope for many, ensuring that the pursuit of education remains accessible and affordable for all.

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